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A (usually female) character emerges from a body of water, revealing their previously concealed body now glistening and dripping wet, usually with closeups of their features. In-Universe, other characters may also be Eating the Eye Candy or Distracted by the Sexy. Oftentimes the scene is accompanied with Slow Motion and some Sexophone music — if they're referencing Fast Times at Ridgemont High, you could also toss in "Moving in Stereo". Sometimes the character may throw their hair back as they emerge from the water.

This trope includes a number of situations such as emerging from a pool, the sea, a waterfall, a lake, or a bath. Usually in the pool or at the beach the character will be wearing some kind of swimsuit, while the character is often nude if they're bathing with the scene usually only showing their bare back or shot with Shoulders-Up Nudity or some kind of Scenery Censor.


Super-Trope to Mermaid Arc Emergence (in the cases when this is used for Fanservice) — a much more energetic way of having a character emerge from the water in a semi-sexualized manner.

Sister Trope of Sexy Soaked Shirt and Wet Sari Scene

See also Bath Kick, Shirtless Scene and Skinny Dipping


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  • This "BSN" Bodybuilding supplement ad has a woman rising out of the water doing a Mermaid Arc Emergence and then slowly walking out of the pool while everyone in the pool party stares at her.
  • In this commercial for the Jewish social network Koolanoo, a young woman dives into a pool in front of several young men, causing her bikini top to immediately fall off. As they watch her climb back out in Slow Motion, one notices that she's wearing a Star of David necklace just like he is, and appears behind her just in time to protect her modesty with his hands.
  • This "Set Wet" ad, has a shot of a woman climbing out of the pool, but when the man using the hair gel passes by her, his "Hot Aura" evaporates the water from her body.
  • This ad for PETA has Alicia Silverstone emerging naked from a pool and talking about how being a vegetarian has changed her life.
  • This GoDaddy commercial has a naked Danica Patrick getting a massage. Her massage therapist wants to be a GoDaddy girl and does a dance that results in her falling in a pool. She emerges a few seconds later with her wet GoDaddy t-shirt now clinging to her body.
  • This trio of 1988 commercials promoting, oddly enough, Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV 2's 11:00 newscasts includes a brief glimpse of someone partially emerging from a pool toward the end of each spot, with the first ad being a Rare Male Example.

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  • In The First Time You See Her (from the Cadance of Cloudsdale series), as a teenager, Shining Armor once read an erotica novel his mom wrote, and he was particularly intrigued by the description of a female alicorn flying out of a lake, and how the water flowed sensually down her attractive body. Years later, Princess Cadance (herself an alicorn) dives into the ocean to get some seafood—and when she flies back out, she doesn't understand why Shining Armor is so flustered at the sight.

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    Music Videos 
  • In the video for Amaranthe's "Invincible", Elize Ryd emerges from a pool. Special shots are devoted to her breasts, buttocks, and legs.
  • Arctic Monkeys: The music video for "Snap Out of It", begins with the main character (Stephanie Sigman) in a bikini hoisting herself out of the pool.
  • Atomic Kitten: The "It's OK" music video has a very shot where all three girls walk out of the sea in bikinis, and sing from a very enclosed rock pool.
  • The Calvin Harris & Disciples music video for "How Deep Is Your Love" has a scene with Gigi Hadid diving and then emerging out of a pool in a bikini.
  • In the Fountains of Wayne music video for "Stacy's Mom", the titular Mom is seen climbing out of the pool in a bikini while the boy stares in homage to the Fast Times at Ridgemont High scene.
  • The music video for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" features a shot of her rising from a swimming pool, dripping with water.
  • Lana Del Rey emerges from a pool soaking wet with light shining behind her in the music video for her song "Shades of Cool".
  • On the Lil' Kim music video "Nasty One" there are several shots of her crawling out of a pool.
  • In Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds "The Death of You and Me" music video there is a shot of the cafe waitress climbing out of a pool in her drenched maid uniform.
  • The Rihanna "Where Have You Been?" music video has her emerging from a lake in a barely-there scale bikini.
  • The music video for Geri Halliwell's post-The Spice Girls solo cover of "It's Raining Men" concluded with a shot of Geri, nude but facing away from the camera, lifting herself up out of a pool, followed by a caption of "Geri's Back." This scene was edited out by MTV, but could be seen on MuchMusic.

    Print Media 
  • People magazine once did a cover like this with Judge Judy of all people. It made their anniversary issue's "All-Time Worst Covers" gallery.
  • An issue of National Geographic had a picture of a belt with huge gemstone beads and a quote from its creator, stating that he "imagined a woman emerging from the ocean wearing this belt and nothing else".

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  • Britanick: Invoked in "Sexy Pool Party" Nick and Brian have a pool party, and when Brian goes underwater and comes back out, he's somehow transformed into an extremely attractive male model. When he towels off, he's back to his old self, and then explains to Nick that "everyone looks better coming out of the water."
  • Sports Illustrated has a video of a photo session featuring Kate Upton, and one scene has her in a swimming pool emerging from the water in a bikini.
  • WorldStarHipHop has a Special Feature video starring Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke, and one of the scenes shows her emerging from the water in a bikini in Slow Motion.

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